Rare Stanley Spencer Art Work Sold in Dorchester
1:44pm 1st May 2013
An oil painting's sold for almost quarter of a million pounds at auction in Dorchester.
The rare work was by Sir Stanley Spencer.
It was sold at Dukes in Dorchester who say it's unusual for a 20th Century British painting of this quality to appear in a provincial auction.
A spokesperson for Duke's commented: 'The work was painted during a period known as 'The Years of Recognition' between 1945 and 1959, a sought after period for the artist's work because it differs so considerably from the many portraits he executed.
Unsurprisingly, the retired owners had enjoyed living with the painting but on reading Press reports that works by Stanley Spencer were achieving exceptional prices, they made the decision that perhaps it was too valuable to keep hanging on the wall of their flat!'